For today, I had to make an executive decision:
1. Continue the Pamir highway and stay another night in Murghab.
2. Take a day off and search for hot springs mentioned by Lonely Planet.
3. Head back to Osh, escaping from Murghab and Tajikistan.
Option 2 prevailed.
After breakfast, I strolled through the local bazaar, where I am the subject of many curiosity from the locals.
Many of the shops are located in shipping containers.
I bought some snickers at the sweet shop for later consumption.
Chilling at the water pump.
After lunch, I drove to the hot springs Lonely Planet mentioned. The road starts off along the Murghab river…
(This hill was making a fistpump).
The route is very pretty and I met a group of South Africans.
We split off in search of the hot springs.
However, after a difficult drive and walk to get there and finding the hot spring, I realised that the bridge to reach it had been washed away.
And as much as I tried to cross the river, all attempts failed.
And I had to head back.
At which point, I needed help to push the car out of the valley (very helpful onlooker).
(More mountain hands)
The route back is stunning and I am starving for dinner.
The usual tomato and cucumber salad followed by this delicious vegetarian dish based on potato. (Wasn’t able to find it on wikipedia)